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Becky Hammon breaks a barrier for women in sports with Spurs coaching hire

Becky HammonLeave it to the Spurs.

In an NBA offseason that has been especially busy with blockbuster free agency news (LeBron), and surprising coaching shakeups (Jason Kidd to the Bucks?!), San Antonio may have quietly made the most indelible mark of all Tuesday in hiring Becky Hammon as the first full-time, salaried female assistant coach in the league.

"I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said in a statement Tuesday. "Having observed her working with our team this past season, I'm confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs."
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Cliven Bundy's son arrested for probation violation

Cliven Lance BundyThe son of Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher whose standoff with the Bureau of Land Management over grazing fees gained national attention, has been arrested.

Clark County authorities arrested 34-year-old Cliven Lance Bundy on Monday on an outstanding warrant for criminal contempt and probation violation.

The warrant for Bundy's arrest was issued in July after he failed to appear at a hearing to determine the required status of his enrollment in a drug diversion program.

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US terrorism database has doubled in size since 2009

Terror data baseA government database of known or suspected terrorists doubled in size in recent years, the Associated Press has learned. The growth is the result of intelligence agencies submitting names more often after a near-miss attack in 2009.

There were 1.1 million people in the database at the end of 2013, according to newly released figures from the National Counterterrorism Center, which maintains the information. There were about 550,000 people in the database in March 2010.

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Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch surrenders to DEA

Tony BoschA year to the day that Major League Baseball handed down more than a dozen suspensions in the Biogenesis scandal, highlighted by that of embattled slugger Alex Rodriguez, federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents conducted an early Tuesday morning roundup that led to charges against the former clinic's founder, Anthony Bosch, and others tied to his operation.

Shortly after 6 a.m. ET, federal agents began driving up with the handcuffed suspects at the DEA regional office on the outskirts of Fort Lauderdale. Bosch and his attorney drove to the DEA office to surrender. Several of his associates with ties to the anti-aging/wellness business were picked up at their homes in the predawn hours and brought in for processing.

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Judge orders Florida to recognize out-of-state gay marriages

Gay marriageA fourth Florida judge, this time in Fort Lauderdale, ordered the state Monday to recognize same-sex marriage.

Broward County Circuit Judge Dale Cohen ruled in the case of a woman who wants to divorce her same-sex partner. The two women entered a civil union in Vermont in 2000, and Cohen ruled that the state must recognize Heather Brassner's relationship in order to end it.

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Judge: Alabama abortion clinic law unconstitutional

Alabama abortion law overturnedA federal judge has blocked an Alabama law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, making it the second such law to be ruled unconstitutional within a week.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued an order Monday that temporarily blocks enforcement of the Alabama statute, which he said would place an undue burden on women seeking an abortion by forcing the closure of three of the state’s five clinics. A federal appeals court issued a similar ruling last week on a Mississippi law, which would have shuttered that state’s only clinic.

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Anti-immigration convoy cancels Texas event over 'death threats'

Anti immigrant convoyA convoy of anti-immigration activists touring the border with Mexico to defend the US from “invasion” has cancelled an event in Texas because of alleged death threats.

The 30-vehicle convoy aborted a planned rally in El Paso on Sunday over safety concerns, said the convoy organiser, Eric Odom.

“We had to cancel that because of death threats against our crew and convoy,” he told the Guardian, speaking by phone from a New Mexico highway. “We’re not into that. We are a very peaceful convoy and we want to show that the border is very dangerous and open.”

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